Sandra Parker

Sandra Parker is an Australian choreographic artist whose work aims to expand the possibilities of cross-artform/cross-cultural collaboration, creating intimate and rigorously detailed works for audiences in Australia and internationally.

Sandra has created two dance films with Director Margie Medlin, in absentia and in the heart of the eye, winning the 2000 Reel Dance Spectrum Film Award for excellence.

The films went on to screenings in many international festivals, including Dance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Centre, New York as a competition finalist.

From 1997-2006, Sandra Parker was the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Dance Works. Returning to independent practice in 2007, Sandra Parker Dance made its US debut at the Joyce Soho, New York, where she presented her 2005 work The View From Here, as part of the Australia Council for the Arts, Dance Down Under promotion at APAP where she was a featured artist.

In the same year she began creating a new work Out of Light at Gasworks in Melbourne. The work was subsequently completed and premiered at Gasworks in March 2009 with support from Arts Victoria, the Besen Foundation and the City of Port Phillip.

Out of Light was nominated for five green room awards and was cited as ‘one of the best works’ for 2009 by Herald Sun critic Stephanie Glickman and only one of two works ‘Commended’ by M Magazine (The Sunday Age), in their end of year wrap for 2009.

Her work has been presented in Australia, France, Portugal, Germany, China and the US. Recent projects include: Playhouse (Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou, China, 2009), Out of Light (Gasworks, Melbourne, 2009), Transit (Horti Hall, Melbourne, 2010), Document (Dancehouse, Melbourne, 2011), video installation project with Chinese dancer Liu Bin (Red Gate Gallery – Beijing, China, 2009), and the development of a new ensemble work The Recording.